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How much do RFID readers cost today?

It depends on the type of reader. Active readers are typically purchased as part of a complete system, with tags and mapping software to determine the tags location. Most UHF readers cost from $500 to $2,000, depending on the features in the device. Companies may also have to buy each antenna separately, along with cables. Antennae are about $200 and up. The price of UHF readers has been falling as production ramps up with adoption. Low- and high-frequency readers range in price, depending on different factors. A low-frequency reader model (a circuit board that can be put into another device) can be under $100, while a fully functional standalone reader can be $750. High-frequency reader modules are typically $200 to $300. A standalone reader can be about $500.

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